Re: Harunobu and Utamaro prints?

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Posted by Barbara Yaney on February 28, 1998 at 22:08:13:

In Reply to: Harunobu and Utamaro prints? posted by Barbara Yaney on February 27, 1998 at 08:50:58:

: As a new collector, I have really appreciated this web site and the quality of the discussion. I have just purchased 2 "prints" at an auction. (See link below) I have identified them as Harunobu and Utamaro. Can anyone help me to identify the titles and subjects or themes? I am now assuming (based on the previous discussions) that these are probably reproductions??? How do I tell a true print from a reproduction? How
: should they be preserved? Acid-free paper? What else?
: Thank you all in advance.
: Barbara Yaney

As I continue to investigate these prints, I have found a mark above the Harunobu signature that, I am told,is Watanabe. I understand that Watanabe was/is a known publisher. According to Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada in their book: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints,"Founded by Watanabe Shozaburo in 1906 under the name Shobido to make reproductions of ukiyo-e. In 1908 he initiated the publication of shin-hanga by the publisher/artist/artisan system. At the same time he compiled Book of Ukiyo-e by Celebrated Artists and Collection of Masterpieces of Ukiyo-e, both composed of facsimile prints from newly carved blocks. He continued producing both facsimile prints and shin-hanga. The company, known today as S. Watanabe Color Print Co, continues under the direction of Watanabe Tadasu." (University of Hawaii Press, 1992.)
Can anyone decipher the publisher/printer of the Utamaro print?
Continued thanks for your time and insight as you respond. Barbara Yaney

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